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The symbolic life

“Now, we have no symbolic life, and we are all badly in need of the symbolic life. Only the symbolic life can express the need of the soul – the daily need of the soul – the daily need of the soul, mind you! And because people have no such thing, they can never step out of the mill – this awful, grinding, banal life in which they are “nothing but”.”

page 8123, Volume 3, “The Collected works” by C.G.Jung

Explanation: Jung was working with Pueblo Indians who strongly believe that they help the sun to rise and it made their life meaningful. Now look at Americans; they are always seeking something. They are always full of unrest, always looking for something. What are they looking for? There is nothing to be looked for! That’s perfectly true. You can see them, these traveling tourists, always looking for something, always in thee vain hope of finding something. Just traveling, traveling; seeking, seeking. “What for?”
That gives peace, when people feel that they are living the symbolic life, that they are actors in the divine drama. That gives the only meaning to human life; everything else is banal and you can dismiss it. A career, producing of children, are all maya compared with that one thing, that your life is meaningful.
Connection: four women depict four basic meanings for our life in ancient time: warmth, food, water and sun and it was enough for us. What are we looking for right now?